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By Kent Larsen

California Power Woes Lead Oakland Temple To Turn-off Lights

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA -- The two-decade old tradition of decorating the Oakland Temple with lights has been limited this year because of problems with electrical power availability in California. Officials at the Temple have decided to only light the building from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night, several hours less than they have lighted the building in previous years. The power problems have led to spikes in demand, which have increased power costs to electric companies, and may have led to brownouts had measures not been taken.

Officials with California's Independent System Operator, the statewide power distributor, have asked residents not to turn on Christmas lights until 7pm each night, after the end of the peak usage hours of 4 to 7 p.m. Officials at Oakland's Temple Hill say they are trying to do their part, "We are trying to save about three or four hours worth of electricity each night," said LDS Church spokesman Blair Egli. "We are concerned about doing the right thing and being good citizens while not being the Grinch."

Ironically, the problems may have helped one power company, AES, which is run by Mormon Roger Sant. AES' Alamitos LLC unit was able to resume operating in spite of emission violations because of the electricity shortage, and the company then announced December 14th that the Alamitos unit had settled the emission violations with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, paying a $17 million fine and agreeing to install catalytic reduction devises on four units at its California facility.


Electricity ills spark probe call
Oakland CA Tribune 15Dec00 D1
By Michele R. Marcucci: Staff Writer
Boxer urges investigation into possible price gouging


AES says Alamitos unit settles violations, pays fine
Yahoo!Finance (Reuters) 14Dec00 B4


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